2015 Annual Meeting

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Minutes of the Frenchman Bay Partners Annual Meeting

May 2, 2015

College of the Atlantic Gates Center

For more detail contact the Community Environmental Health Laboratory at cehl@mdibl.org

 

Present

  • Duncan Bailey (MDI Biological Laboratory)
  • Martha Bell (Island Heritage Trust)
  • Antonio Blasi (Hancock County Planning Commission)
  • Jenn Booher (Artist)
  • Roger Bowen (Town of Gouldsboro)
  • Savannah Bryant (College of the Atlantic)
  • Jock Crothers (Waukeag Neck Oyster)
  • Marina Cucuzza (College of the Atlantic)
  • Anastasia Czarnecki (College of the Atlantic)
  • Fiona de Koning (Acadia Aqua Farm)
  • Bob DeForrest (Maine Coast Heritage Trust)
  • Jane Disney (MDI Biological Laboratory)
  • Anna Farrell (Maine Conservation Corps/MDI Biological Laboratory)
  • Jennifer Fortier (City of Ellsworth)
  • Emma Fox (University of Maine)
  • Michael Good (Downeast Nature Tours)
  • Brad Haskell (Eastern Maine Community College)
  • Emily Hollyday (College of the Atlantic)
  • Paola Idrovo (College of the Atlantic)
  • Emma Kimball (College of the Atlantic)
  • Carol Korty (Town of Lamoine)
  • Anne LaBossier (Lamoine Conservation Commission)
  • Larry Libby (Lamoine Conservation Commission)
  • Bridie McGreavy (University of Maine)
  • Abe Miller-Rushing (Acadia National Park)
  • Madeline Motley (College of the Atlantic)
  • Diane Nicholls (Town of Lamoine)
  • Jim Norris (Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Committee)
  • Chris Petersen (College of the Atlantic)
  • Tyler Prest (College of the Atlantic)
  • Tyler Quiring (University of Maine)
  • Amanda Quiring (University of Maine)
  • Sean Smith (University of Maine
  • Liam Torrey (College of the Atlantic)
  • Terry Towne (Maine Coast Heritage Trust)
  • Mark Whiting (Maine DEP)
  • Hannah Webber (Schoodic Institute)

9-9:30 am Introductions and Goals and Objectives

  • Chris Petersen gave a short orientation
  • Bridie McGreavy and Jane Disney
    • Goals and objectives are to:
      • Provide project updates
      • Have conversations that matter: talk and brainstorm, move towards action, come away with specific steps. Build capacity for action related to CAP.
      • Involve new people, and encourage people to find their niche.
    • What is the World Café?
      • Conversations structured around specific questions.
      • Connect, learn, and plan together.
      • Particular type of listening.
      • Share insights.
      • Roles: hosts, artists, question keepers, harvesters.
    • Agenda overview
    • Short introductions around the room

9:30-9:35 Meeting Dedication to Barbara Arter

9:35- 10:05 Flash Talks Round I Partnership Successes

  • Working the Tides: Building Partnerships in Frenchman Bay (Bridie McGreavy)
    • Define problems, plan actions, pursue strategies, produce solutions, share learning.
    • “A living plan”
    • Mission of the Frenchman Bay Partners: to ensure that the Frenchman Bay area is ecologically, economically, and socially healthy and resilient in the face of future challenges.
    • Metaphor of working the tides has guided work:
      • Conflict: rough seas. Conflicts and differences have been essential to progress we’ve made.
      • Specific processes: commitments that guide conflict to help us grow.
      • Check the tide charts: be mindful of what people need to participate in meetings. Also go out and check in with people: what’s their perspective?
      • Creating swirls: creating spaces of interaction where people can come together. Drawn from tidal action.
      • Actively navigate: using maps, software.
      • Keep coming back:
        • Diverse leadership within the group.
        • Harness conflict through humility.
      • Mudflat successes
        • Goal of opening 610 acres of restricted clam flats
        • How? Water quality issues (DMR, DEP, Department of Agriculture), social issues (Partners).
        • Economic report on value of mudflats.
        • Maine Community Foundation
          • The 610 Project
          • The Green Crab Control Project
        • Prioritize areas: abundance, access, problem forms.
        • Improved communication: access to information, websites, working the tides.
        • Fishermen’s Forum: “The part I like to see is that this has really formed a longstanding relationship and collaboration.”-DMR
        • Next steps and opportunities:
          • Coordination across groups.
          • Clam seeding experiments.
          • Signage for dog waste awareness.
          • Watershed management in NE Creek.
        • Eelgrass Research and Restoration in Frenchman Bay, a Collaborative and Community Effort (Jane Disney)
          • What is going on with eelgrass?
            • Documentation, trying to understand eelgrass loss, restoring eelgrass, testing restoration methods, sharing our processes state wide (ME-NH working group, Casco Bay, Deer Isle Stonington).
          • Aerial maps showing decline.
          • Understanding the loss:
            • Changing water quality? Impact of the invasive green crab?
            • Crabs: genetics, abundance.
            • No correlations.
          • Agreements with mussel harvesters
        • Diadromous Fish (Chris Petersen)
          • What is good for anadromous fish?
            • Clean water
            • Connectivity of streams, ponds, and oceans
            • Sustainable harvests
          • Work over the last year:
            • River herring
              • Volunteer surveys around Frenchman
              • Somes-Meynell Sanctuary, COA, DMR, Town of Sullivan.
              • 100-fold increase in 9 years of work.
              • Goal is a good enough system to allow for harvesting.
            • Smelt is an emerging group
              • Downeast Salmon Federation
              • 2014 survey around Frenchman Bay available online soon.
              • ANP survey on smelt.
              • Maine Stream Habitat Viewer: make your own map; layers you can click on and off.
            • Stream connectivity studies and culvert work.
            • Highlighted partners
            • Help us count!
              • Citizen science—getting people out to count
          • Benthic Habitats (Anna Farrell)
            • Baseline data in upper Frenchman Bay
            • Procter Survey and historical data
            • Procter Survey revisited
            • Eddie Monat archives
            • Plans for collaboration with BatesCollege

 10:05-10:35 World Café Breakout Session I

  • Purpose: have the conversation you want and need to have
  • Four groups: eelgrass, diadromous fishes, mudflats, benthic habitats
  • Round 1:
    • What interests you most about this topic?
    • How do you see yourself getting involved?
  • Round 2:
    • Who else could help us move forward?
    • What else do you think we need to know or do to advance our work?
  • Hosts:
    • Bridie McGreavy
    • Jane Disney
    • Chris Petersen
    • Anna Farrell

11:15-11:45 Flash Talks Round II Emerging Opportunities

  • Looking Down the Road: the Future of Frenchman Bay (Jane Disney)
    • What will it take to move forward?
      • Additional, different partners
      • New tools
      • Coordination, collaboration, communication
    • ESV decision support tool
      • Who needs to be at the table?
    • Constellation model of collaborative social change
      • What’s our relationship to each other?
      • How groups have organized around our conservation targets.
      • Incorporate other complexities.
      • Considering our relationship like this helps us expand our partnership and explore new areas.
    • Frenchman Bay Partners website
    • Coast Walk (Jenn Booher)
      • Walking the coastline of MDI
      • Curious about things she sees. Explores the forces of the shoreline.
      • Intersections with all the pieces she picks up—people they’re tied to, places they came from.
      • Invites people to walk with her
        • Hike, talk, interview
      • Historical records
      • Process:
        • Mapping the walk.
        • Getting permission from landowners.
        • Find a time that matches tides, schedules, weather, etc.
        • Research in advance.
        • Photo editing, transcribing audio interviews, answer questions that came up, creature identification.
        • Blog post.
      • Open ended gathering of information.
      • Sharing information with everyone who’s interested.
      • Blog posts, data on Anecdata, hopefully a book in the future.
      • Welcomes people to join her.
    • Anecdata.org (Duncan Bailey)
      • Track anything of interest.
      • Makes it easy to get information.
        • Variety of ways export data and information from Anecdata.
    • NEST (New England Sustainability Consortium
      • Water Quality (Emma Fox)
        • Water quality
        • Surveys for coastal management processes.
        • Support existing work in coastal management.
        • Work together with the FBP:
          • Data is important to FBP interests and goals.
        • Collaboration opportunity: how can we use this information to address bay-wide health?
    • Downeast Drainage (Sean Smith)
      • Landscapes and how they adjust to humans and climate.
      • Runoff, erosion, nutrients, point and non-point sources.
      • Precipitation to runoff, high point to low point.
      • Landscape characterization, mechanical processes moving through them.
      • Cromwell Brook watershed
      • Questions:
        • Places that have most common bacteria pollution problems
        • Coastal conditions that contribute to high bacteria
        • Climate’s role
      • Source, delivery, and residence time of pollutants.
      • Modeling

 11:45-12:15 World Café Breakout Session II

  • Questions:
    • What interests you most about this topic?
    • How do we identify current or emerging community needs around the bay? What other issues related to this topic should we be thinking about?
    • How do we enhance collaborations to respond to community interests and needs?
    • Who else do you know that could help us move forward?
  • Hosts:
    • Sean Smith and Emma Fox
    • Jane Disney
    • Duncan Bailey
    • Jenn Booher

 12:15-1:00 pm Lunch break

1:00-2:00 pm Discussion: Who to Involve? What Next?

  • Who to get involved?
    • Planning Boards
      • If you have shoreline, a town is required to have a planning board or permitting process. Must have ordinances.
    • Schools
      • NOAA B-WET grant submitted by Partners last fall
    • Harbor committee
    • Public—land use
    • Town Council
    • Protected area folks
    • Local historical societies
    • Commercial
      • Lobster pounds
      • Wormers
      • Clammers
    • Facebook and Social Media
    • Businesses
      • Real estate developers
      • Shops
    • Golf courses: Kebo and Bar Harbor
  • Statewide meeting
    • Friends of Casco Bay
    • Downeast Fisheries Partnership
    • Local representatives
    • Reach out to Senator Collins
  • Convince a lot of business people this is in their best interest.
    • Governor, etc. are big business. They need to understand how degradation of marine resources is detrimental to the state.
    • Messages about value of resource
    • Business to business
    • Chambers of Commerce
  • Video documentation of effort
  • Organizational stability of the Frenchman Bay Partners
    • Coordinator
    • Staffing
    • Funding
    • Statistician to grapple with data
  • Continue to pursue existing efforts
    • Benthic habitats, diadromous fishes
  • Citizen science
    • Catch-all Frenchman Bay Partners project on Anecdata

Follow up

  • Survey and minutes

What Next?

  • Bring back larger group: steering committee
  • Continue to improve communications between NEST, the Partner, Park, Bar Harbor (Cromwell)
  • May 24/25: mudflat seeding experiments with FBRSC
  • Eelgrass restoration, summer 2015
  • Diadromous fish events
  • Sustaining current efforts
  • How do we deal with issues? i.e. rockweed
    • We’re not issue focused. We’re focused on habitats and species.
    • We could tie them into habitats.
  • Educate ourselves, education not advocacy
  • What precedent will our decisions set?
  • Rockweed
  • Leader on benthic habitats?

Elections

  • Movement that current executive committee remain the same for two years. In the meantime, establish steering committee
    • Seconded
    • How to groom next iteration of leaders? Name specific people to cultivate.
  • Current Slate:
    • President: Jane Disney
    • Vice President: Chris Petersen
    • Secretary: Bridie McGreavy
    • Members at Large: Bob DeForrest, Fiona de Koning
  • Vote:
    • All in favor of keeping current slate of officers: 19
    • Nays: zero
    • Abstentions: zero

2:00 pm Meeting Adjourned